The Nissan Kicks baby SUV has gone into series production, with sales kicking off in Brazil in August, before launching in more than 80 countries worldwide.
First introduced as a concept in 2014 at the Sao Paulo Motor Show, the production model has retain the basic design cues from the Kicks Concept, but has inevitably been toned down a few notches.
Measuring 4,295mm in length, 1,760mm in width, 1,590mm in height and 2,610mm in wheelbase, the Kick is smaller than the Nissan Qashqai, but slightly larger than the JUKE.
Like most of the brand’s current lineup, the Kick features Nissan’s V-motion grille, boomerang-style head and taillights and a floating roof with a “wrap-around visor” look to the windscreen and side glass.
According to Nissan, during the engineering process, much attention was paid to the car’s overall aerodynamic performance, not only to benefit its dynamics but also its overall refinement by reducing wind noise.
Inside, the interior promises best in class passenger space in the rear, despite the coupe-like roofline, as well as one of the largest load areas in its class.
The ‘Gliding Wing’ dashboard design is dominated by a centrally-mounted 7-inch full colour display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, while the flat-bottom steering wheel gives it a sporting flavour.
On the safety front, the Kicks is equipped with Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which use four on-board cameras to present a bird’s-eye view of the car and to warn the driver of any unseen hazards.
Nissan Kicks sales will begin first in Brazil in August, followed by Latin American left-hand drive markets later in fiscal year 2016. And ultimately, it will be introduced in more than 80 global markets.
The Nissan Kicks is not yet confirmed for Australia.